In our Parish we follow the historic Lutheran practice of closed communion. This is nothing new, nor a novel innovation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Rather, for many centuries, this was the universal practice of all of Christendom, and to this day, is still practiced by the majority of the Christian Church.
· We observe closed communion because the Lord’s Supper is a public profession of our unity of faith. (1 Corinthians 10:16-17)
· We believe Christ’s body and blood are truly present in the bread and the wine for forgiveness of our sins. (1 Corinthians 11:23-25)
· We observe closed communion to protect people in body and soul from taking the Lord’s Supper to their judgment and harm. (1 Corinthians 11:27-32)
Our practice is prompted by our love, care, and concern for all people. If you are not a confirmed member of a congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, please do not commune today.
However, please know that we look forward to having you at the Lord’s Table soon. We sincerely invite you to visit with Pastor Moline about the joys of Holy Communion. He will offer you instruction about our Lutheran faith and this sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, so you will be ready to stand with us and partake of this wonderful meal.